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Eco-Friendly Deck Design and Décor

Are you planning on renovating an old deck or creating a new one this summer?  If so, you may want to consider an eco-friendly approach.  Here is a great explanation of what it means to be labeled environmentally friendly decking, “For decking to be described as being environmentally friendly it must be produced in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the environment.  This means that the wood must come from a sustainable source that the production process uses the minimum of energy and that materials are recycled where appropriate.”  (Definition from Greenliving.LovetoKnow.com.)  Whichever option you choose find out if your deck builder is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

blog-july-decking-trexTrex is a decking product that is made of 95% recycled materials, and it looks very elegant!  (Click here to read more about Trex Recycling Facts.)  They also offer an online color visualizer tool, where you can play around with the color options.  Click here to see that tool.

blog-july-outdoor-muralDon’t have the view you wish you had on your deck?  While researching this blog, I found a fun idea – outdoor murals!  I know it sounds crazy, but these peel and stick murals are capable of being removed and put back up multiple times, and will stick to any surface!  Check out the many options from MuralsYourWay.com.

blog-july-solar-lightUse solar-powered lighting for your deck!  Plow & Hearth offers these beautiful mission style lights that can be attached to your railings.  Many home decorating stores offer solar powered lighting options inexpensively like Target.com or you can purchase a variety of designs of solar-powered railing caps from HomeDepot.com.

blog-july-outdoor-rugHere’s a terrific idea!  Use an outdoor rug that is made entirely of recycled plastic, and is mold and mildew resistant and extremely durable!  To view the outdoor rug options, click on the website Outdoorrugsonly.com.

blog-july-outdoor-furnitureMany companies are offering a line of eco-friendly decking furniture.  The store Crate and Barrel offer a comprehensive explanation of their products, click here to read more.

If you want to cover some existing pillows or purchase new ones, consider the new Renaissance Fabric Collection from Sunbrella® which uses 50% recycled material from post-industrial waste.  To check out the many design options and read more about this line, click here.  This company also has a program where you can send in your old Sunbrella fabric to be recycled, click here to learn more about that program.

Have fun this summer on your new and improved deck!  Happy decorating and if you need any help with a redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .

Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top?

If you are planning to replace your kitchen or bathroom counter top, you are in luck!  I found this great tool from Better Homes and Gardens that will take you through a series of questions to help you find your perfect counter top material, click here to review.

Here is a list of counter top materials for your review with their corresponding pros and cons taken from BHG.com:

Natural Stone:

Pros:  Durable, long-lasting, doesn’t go out of style, heat-resistant

Cons:  Porous and needs to be sealed when installed, requires resealing, softer stones such as marble or limestone might chip or crack, most expensive counter top material

Cultured Stone:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, does not require sealing

Cons:  Not as natural looking as real stone, costs almost the same as real stone

Solid-Surfacing:

Pros:  Heat and moisture resistant, does not fade or age, easy to clean

Cons:  Can be scorched, not scratch proof

Laminate:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch resistant, easy to clean, lower cost than other counter tops

Cons:  Sharp knives and hot pans can damage laminate, scorching, deep scratches and cracks cannot be repaired

Eco-Friendly material:  (for an in depth list of eco-friendly options and their descriptions click here.)

Pros:  Bamboo-easy to clean, Recycled glass-durable, heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, Paper Composite-durable, easy to clean

Cons:  Bamboo needs to be sealed routinely, susceptible to scratches and burning, Recycled Glass can chip, scratch or break with heavy impacts, and paper composite is susceptible to scratches and stains

Wood:

Pros:  Long lasting, timeless material that wears well

Cons:  Vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid, corrosive chemicals, stains, shrinks or expands, require food-friendly sealing and routine maintenance

Metal:

Pros:  Antibacterial, stain and heat resistant, durable

Cons:  Copper, pewter, and zinc are susceptible to scratch and dents, can be expensive

Concrete:

Pros:  Heat and stain resistant, durable

Cons:  Must be sealed regularly to resist stains and water, susceptible to damage from highly acidic liquids

Mix It Up:

If you can’t decide on one particular counter top, you may wish to select multiple types of materials.  To differentiate the space, you may choose to use a different surface on the island than on the other counter tops.

Other resources:

National Kitchen and Bath Association – contact for a free planner.

If you need help with your home redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com. (Photos from BHG.com)

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .